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Homemade cinnamon honey butter is a delicious addition to any menu. This sweet, buttery spread can be made with only 3 ingredients. While it may seem to be a very simple recipe, there are a few tips of the trade that you should know to make sure your honey butter is extraordinary.
How to Make Cinnamon Honey Butter
Mixing butter, honey and cinnamon – what could be more simple? Anyone can make this delicious treat using an electric mixer, standing mixer or even a fork for very small batches. Don’t be surprised if it becomes one of your family’s favorite things for special occasions.
Ingredients and Possible Substitutions
The selection of ingredients can make a difference in the final sweetness of your spread. If you desire a sweeter taste – add more honey. While the ingredient list is short, there is still room for variety.
Honey is just that – right? Oh no, not really. There are many different types of honey to use in recipes. You are familiar with the physical states of liquid honey, creamed or even eating honeycomb paired with cheese.
However, it is made by bees from mostly plant nectar and this results in different colors of honey and flavors. The most common everyday product found on the grocery shelf is often called – Wildflower.
To produce this, the bees gathered nectar from many different plants. In contrast, Sourwood honey, Manuka or Clover are varieties made from one primary nectar source. They have a identifiable color and flavor.
There is no need to buy expensive varieties for making honey cinnamon butter – because the ground cinnamon will mask some of the flavor anyway. I will suggest, that if you use a darker variety- the end product will be darker.
I enjoy using local raw honey in my recipes and since it is dark in color (along with the cinnamon too), my honey butter is darker than some you may be familiar with.
Ground cinnamon is available in several different varieties. Ceylon cinnamon is one of the best types. Because I wanted a rich, bold flavor – that is what I used in this recipe.
Any brand of real butter works well. I prefer salted butter. But if you are concerned about salt or sodium content -unsalted butter will work very well. Margarine does not mix as well in my experience.
No Powdered Sugar?
This recipe for honey butter does not include confectioner’s sugar (or powdered sugar). Yes, you can add it if you wish to increase volume and make it easier to spread. However, it is not necessary for taste and I did not want the added calories.
Step by Step Instructions:
It really does not come any easier than this. If your ingredients are at room temperature, the rest is a breeze.
- Add cubed room temperature butter to a mixing bowl.
- Start mixer on slow to begin breaking up the butter. You may have to use a spatula to clean out the attachment.
- Add honey to the mix and blend.
- Add cinnamon and beat just until mixture is combined.
FAQs and Expert Tips
There are a few things to keep in mind when making cinnamon honey butter. The butter should be at room temperature – not right out of the refrigerator.
If you forget to set it out in advance, try gently warming it for a few seconds at a time in the microwave. However, take care that you do not melt it.
If you are using an electric mixer, the butter chunks may want to clog up in the attachment – use a spatula to clear it out and ensure good mixing.
During the mixing process, take care that you do not “over-whip” the ingredients. Too much beating with the mixer will generate heat that could cause your butter to melt.
When preparing to use your spread, it is best left out on the counter for a short while. This allows the butter and honey to thaw or adjust to room temperature and it spreads better.
What do You Eat Honey Butter With?
Once you have this delicious spread, what can you eat honey butter with? Yes, you could eat it straight from the spoon (I won’t tell).
Some folks, enjoy spreading it on waffles or pancakes. But, it is a wonderful partner for fresh dinner rolls, toast, bagels, cornbread and more.
Sealed in an airtight container, your homemade cinnamon honey butter can sit on the counter for a few days.
It lasts for weeks in the refrigerator and for long term storage – you can store it in the freezer. Regular honey freezes well too. What an easy item to make and store in small jars for gifts too!
Admittedly, this is a sweet treat that should be consumed in moderation due to the calories and fat. However, it is a special spread that brings out the best flavor of each ingredient and can take a ho-hum meal to the next level of taste.
Cinnamon Honey Butter Recipe
- Kitchen Aid Mixer (or hand mixer)
- 1 cup butter (room temp – 2 sticks)
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Put the room temperature butter into a large bowl or mixing dish.
- Add in the measured honey – it should be room temp – not cold – or hot.
- Run mixer on slow stir speed for just a few seconds to combing the ingredients.
- Dump in the measured ground cinnamon (and a few drops of vanilla extract if you wish).
- Mix all ingredients on slow speed until well combined. Then, jar up your cinnamon honey butter in an air tight container.